Cultural challenges to secondary prevention: Implications for Saudi women

Hawazen Rawas, Patsy Yates, Carol Windsor, Robyn Clark

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    Like other highly developed countries, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD) are major health problems in Saudi Arabia. The aetiology of cardiovascular disease (CVD) burden within the Saudi population is similar to Western countries with atherosclerosis, hypertension, ischemic heart disease and diabetes highly prevalent with the main risk factors being smoking, obesity and inactivity. There are differences between Saudi men and women in epidemiology, risk factors and health service provision for CHD. These sex and gender based factors are important in considering the health and well-being of Saudi women. Currently, there is limited focus on the cardiovascular health of Saudi women. The aim of this paper is to examine culturally specific issues for Saudi women and the implications for secondary prevention.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-57
    Number of pages7
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Saudi women
    • Secondary CHD prevention


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